Dan Meyer, Director, Whistleblowing & Transparency, DODIG

Mr. Meyer is the Director, Whistleblowing & Transparency and the former director of Civilian Reprisal Investigations ("DCRI"). He also serves as the Department of Defense’s Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman created by the Whistleblower Protection Act of 2012. Dan works at the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia. DW&T is the Inspector General’s lead subject-matter expert in all aspects of whistleblower protection and institutional transparency.

DW&T provides advice and counsel to the agency Head and her senior leadership on all aspects of whistleblowing and transparency (including the routing and disposition of disclosures and the protection of the sources alleging wrongdoing). Mr. Meyer also provides oversight capabilities and serves as liaison to Executive branch agencies and Legislative stakeholders in the federal whistleblowing process. The directorate’s primary work in between 2010 and 2012 focused on creating a secured and classified means of making disclosures to the Defense Hotline via the SIPRNet and JWICs following the Wikileaks incident, as well as a successor case management system for Hotline and Administrative Investigation. Current focus includes enhancing whistleblower protection for members of the Defense intelligence and counterintelligence communities, as well as creating a system of tracking report disposition and the corrective actions taken following a finding of reprisal.

As a director of investigations, Mr. Meyer pioneered the review of security clearance decision-making as a pretext for reprisal and the investigation of responsible management officials targeting Congressional sources for reprisal following disclosures.

Mr. Meyer holds a Bachelors of Arts from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington. He is a former naval officer. A veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Mr. Meyer is a survivor of the 1989 explosion onboard battleship IOWA (BB-61), in which a technical malfunction destroyed Turret Two. Mr. Meyer’s service with the fleet was the subject of a 2001 FX Network Feature Film, A Glimpse of Hell, starring Robert Sean Leonard (as Lt. Dan Meyer) and James Caan (as Captain Fred Moosally). A book of the same title was authored by veteran 60 Minutes journalist Charles S. Thompson (W.W. Norton & Co. 1999).

In 1993 and 1994, Mr. Meyer served as regulatory clerk to Commissioner Andrew C. Barrett of the Federal Communications Commission. He also served as a graduate intern to the Office of Communications Research in the Executive Office of the President during the first Clinton Administration. While at the White House, he assisted the President’s 'War Rooms' for the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 and the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994.

In the United States Navy, Mr. Meyer served as Communications & Signals Officer for the Flagship Middle East Force during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He conned the USS LASALLE (AGF-03) during that ship’s mine sweeping operations to liberate Mina A’Shubayh, and also during the repelling of Islamic Guard pirates off Nahkilu Island in 1991. Prior to that assignment, he was the Turret One Officer onboard battleship IOWA (BB-61) from 1987 through 1990. Turret One broke the world’s record in naval offshore gunnery at Vieques Island on January 28, 1989.

During his naval service, Mr. Meyer was awarded honors, including: Surface Warrior Pin, USS IOWA (BB 61)(1989); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Seventh Fleet (1991; for meritorious service under Commander U.S. Naval Central Command during the Persian Gulf War); Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic (1990; for meritorious service in the aftermath of the explosion on board the USS IOWA (BB 61)). While Office of the Deck of LASALLE, he qualified for the Combat Action Ribbon during minesweeping operations off Kuwait.

Prior to serving as Director, CRI, Mr. Meyer practiced law with private firms and non-profit corporations in the District of Columbia, specializing in communications and whistleblower law. Significant litigation included Moosally v. W.W. Norton & Co., 594 S.E.2d 878 (S.C. Ct. App. 2004)(limiting reach of South Carolina courts in defamation cases) and R.I. Dep't of Envtl. Mgmt. v. United States, 304 F.3d 31 (1st Cir. 2003)(securing right of federal government to intervene against the States in Department of Labor adjudicatory proceedings). Mr. Meyer's legal writings have appeared in the Federal Communications Law Journal and the Western New England Law Journal. He teaches for the Georgetown Government Affairs Institute (GAI) (role of inspectors general), the National Intelligence University (national security law), Washington University at St. Louis (whistleblowing in American governance), and the David A. Clark School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia (public employee whistleblowing).

Education: Cornell University B.A. (1987); Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington (1995); National Security Studies Fellow - Maxwell School, Syracuse University (Leadership Course, 2004)(Decision-making Course, 2005).